See the sections below to read more about our Board, staff team and honorary officials who together make the Community Foundation tick. There are many more friends and supporters who give their time and expertise as members of grant panels and fund advisory groups.


Community Foundation Board, 2016


  • His Grace the Duke of Northumberland


  • Dame Margaret Barbour DBE DL
  • Ron and Louise Bowey
  • Joan Halbert
  • Tony and Anne Platten
  • Lyn Shears
  • Sir Nigel Sherlock KCVO OBE


  • Kate Adie OBE
  • Lord Beecham
  • Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith MP
  • Carol Malia DL
  • John Squires OBE DCL DL
  • Hugh Welch
  • Sue Winfield OBE, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear
  • Ash Winter
  • Mike Worthington OBE

Alastair Conn


Andrew Haigh

Board Member

Anna Blackett

Board Member

Geoff Hodgson

Deputy Chair

Jane Robinson

Board Member

Jo Curry

Deputy Chair

Lucy Winskell OBE

Board Member

Neil Warwick

Board Member

Nick Hall

Board Member

Patrick Melia

Board Member

Sally Young

Board Member

Sharon Spurling

Board Member

Senior Staff

Adam Lopardo

Director of Partnerships

Mark Pierce

Director of Community Knowledge & Funding

Rob Williamson

Chief Executive

Sandra King

Chief Philanthropy Officer

Sonia Waugh FCCA

Chief Finance and Operating Officer


Elaine Holdsworth

Senior Philanthropy Advisor

Gill Lowing

Senior Philanthropy Advisor

Jon Goodwin

Senior Philanthropy Advisor

Lisa Cappleman

Principal Advisor, Giving & Philanthropy

Su Legg

Senior Philanthropy Advisor

Development and Marketing

Iain Riddell

Development and Marketing Officer


Ellie Turner

Principal Advisor, Culture

Katie Wellstead

Principal Advisor, Environment


Nils Stronach

Senior Programme Advisor

Pete Barrett

Senior Programme Advisor

Sue Martin

Programme Advisor

Sue Vaughan

Programme Advisor

Finance and Administration

Adam Smith

ICT Co-ordinator

Dawn Porter

Executive Support Officer

Samantha Pattison

Office Administrator

Sarah Phillipson

Finance Co-ordinator

Vivienne Rodgers

Office Administrator